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Christian Clavier

Christian Clavier

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    • May 6th, 1952
Christian Clavier is a French actor, screenwriter, film producer and film director. He is the brother of French film director Stéphane Clavier. After his high class studies at the Neuilly Lycée Pasteur—though asserted here and there, he never studied at Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) —he started his actor career with the comedic theater troupe Splendid, which had hits with films like Les Bronzés font du ski and Le Père Noël est une ordure. His most notable success without the Splendid group, and by far his biggest hit to date, was in the 1993 film les Visiteurs, where he played a character known as Jacquouille la fripouille; the character's cry of "Okkkayyy!!" became a popular exclamation after the movie's success. After les Visiteurs he was a certified star, participating in big-budget films like Astérix et Obélix contre César, Astérix & Obélix: Mission Cléopâtre, and the sequel and remake of Visiteurs. He also played several dramatic roles on television, including M. Thénardier in Les Misérables (2000 television version) and Napoléon in a biographical television film. Clavier has played in notable duos with: Jean Reno in les Visiteurs (the Visitors) and the US remake, Just Visiting, L'Opération Corned-Beef and L'Enquête corse (The Corsican investigation). Gérard Depardieu in Astérix et Obélix (Asterix and Obelix) and Les anges gardiens. He also runs a production company, Ouille Production. He was made Chevalier (Knight) of the Ordre national du Mérite on 13 June 1998, and promoted Officier (Officer) in 2005. He was made Chevalier (Knight) of the Légion d'honneur in 2008. He is a friend of former French président Nicolas Sarkozy, and recently emigrated to England as a result of Francois Hollande's punitive tax policy, mirrored in his Astérix co-star Gérard Depardieu's self-imposed exile to Belgium.

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Acting (45 Credits)

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2021Do You Do You Saint-Tropez as Jean Boulin
2021Qu'est-ce qu'on a tous fait au Bon Dieu? as Claude Verneuil
2021Irréductible
2021Les Tuche 4 as Le Père Noël
2021Kaamelott: First Installment as Le Jurisconsulte
2019Serial (Bad) Weddings 2 as Claude Verneuil
2019Ibiza as Philippe
2018Asterix: The Secret of the Magic Potion as Astérix (voice)
2017With Open Arms as Jean-Etienne Fougerole
2017Momo as Alain Prioux
2017If I were a boy as Docteur PACE
2017A Bag of Marbles as Docteur Rosen
2016The Visitors: Bastille Day as Jacquouille la Fripouille/Antoine-Claude Jacquouillet/Edmond Jacquart
2015Babysitting 2 as Alain
2014Serial (Bad) Weddings as Claude Verneuil
2014Do Not Disturb as Michel Leproux
2013Les profs as Serge Cutiro, prof de math
2011You Don't Choose Your Family as César
2007The Price to Pay as Jean-Pierre Ménard
2007L'auberge rouge as Pierre Martin
2006French Fried Vacation 3: Friends Forever as Jérôme Tarayre
2005L'antidote as Andre Morin
2004The Corsican File as Rémi François, aka Jack Palmer
2002Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra as Astérix
2002Napoleon as Napoleone Bonaparte
2001Just Visiting as Andre
2000The Miserables (2000) as Thénardier
1999Asterix and Obelix vs. Caesar as Astérix
1998The Visitors II: The Corridors of Time as Jacquouille la Fripouille / Jacques-Henri Jacquard / Prosper le Purineur / Jacouillet
1995Guardian Angels as Père Hervé Tarain / His guardian angel
1994La vengeance d'une blonde as Gérard Bréha
1994Dead Tired as Christian Clavier
1993Thirst for Gold as Urbain
1993Les visiteurs as Jacquouille la Fripouille / Jacquard
1991Operation Corned Beef as Jean-Jacques Granianski
1989Mes meilleurs copains as Jean-Michel Tuilier
1986Twist Again in Moscow as Iouri
1985Santa Claus Is a Stinker as Katia (Jean-Jacques)
1983Gramps Is in the Resistance as Michel Taupin
1982Santa Claus Is a Stinker as Katia (Jean-Jacques)
1979French Fried Vacation 2 as Dr Jérôme Tarayre
1978French Fried Vacation as Dr Jérôme Tarayre
1976Now We've Seen It All! as comédien en répétition (non crédité)
1975Let Joy Reign Supreme as Le valet de l'auberge
1973The Year 01

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